Donald Trump’s threats of tariff wars or real wars are destabilising the globe, threatening to push us back into economic crisis. Elections in Germany, France and Austria have shown the alarming growth of the far right, as they use racism to scapegoat migrants and refugees. In Australia, Malcolm Turnbull is ruling for the rich, demanding tax cuts for big business and the wealthy. For the last five years, his government has maintained prison islands on Manus and Nauru as it boasts about keeping out refugees.
But there is also resistance. Both the refugees themselves and thousands of ordinary people here have protested against the government’s racism. Union leaders are attacking inequality and stagnant wages and talk of changing the rules for workers. Keep Left 2018 will bring together activists from across Australia to discuss these challenges, and how we can build a fight back for real change.
Keep Left is an annual two-day conference of revolutionary ideas and discussion hosted by Solidarity. Keep Left 2018 will be held at Sydney University from 18-19 August.
Systematic frontier massacres to drive Aboriginal people off the land established the foundation for Australian ruling class wealth. Historian and author Stephen Gapps will discuss the little know history of armed Aboriginal resistance in Settlement, racism & the politics of the frontier wars.
Capitalism is a system of vast inequality, war and oppression. Sessions on Marxism, class and revolution and Getting organised: Lenin and the revolutionary party will discuss Marxist strategies to fight for a better world.
The rules are stacked against workers and unions, in favour of corporations and bosses. We need to challenge the laws and “Change the Rules”. The right to strike–how do we change the rules will discuss why only the right to strike will rebuild the power of workers and our unions and how we can take it back.
The far right is on the rise across the globe. Elections in Germany, France and Austria have shown the alarming extent of the growth of racism and the far right in Europe. Austria now has a coalition government including the fascist Freedom Party (FPO). David Albrich from Austria will join us to talk about Fighting fascism and the far-right in Europe
Equal Marriage is now legal but LGBTI+ people continue to face oppression and discrimination. From Gay Marriage to liberation: lessons from gay liberation last time will discuss lessons from the 1970s liberation movement and the fight ahead. The #metoo phenomenon drew attention to how pervasive sexism is in women’s lives. From #metoo to women’s liberation will discuss where sexism comes from and how we can end it.
Other topics include: The crisis of The Greens, Climate change, class and ecology and Trade, tariffs, war: Has Trump changed world capitalism plus more to be announced!